Welcoming letter from the 2021 & 2023 MBZ artistic directior

Dear contemporary music lovers,
The 30th edition of the Music Biennale Zagreb held in 2019 will be remembered as an exceptional, intense experience both for the local and international audience, one whose guests from Zagreb and abroad carried its voice to all corners of the world, so I wish to congratulate the program team for making all of this happen. I also accept the baton of devising and creating new music experiences that shall be revealed at the next festival in 2021.  
I was following the 2019 festival events more closely than ever before and have seen the delight of most of the participants in the city of Zagreb, its people, Festival program and concert concept. I have also seen the potential of the Zagreb and Croatian music community, both as a composer and the artistic director of the next Festival. I am highly motivated to upgrade and diversify the existing structures and make the Biennale even better so that it can become a place where Croatian and international artists discover their freedom of expression and possibilities for unforgettable concerts, concepts and encounters.
At the same time, I wish to revive the creative atmosphere and vivid communication between the artist and the listener, and not only during that single week every second year, as well as to encourage creation of a community that functions in the spirit of contemporary composing. Therefore, I suggest to you – composers and instrumentalists – to discuss, collaborate, live your ideas as much as possible, encourage your dearest to attend concerts, so that the Biennale can fully satisfy your pangs of hunger for contemporary music and all its supplements. I am very much looking forward to this new role and collaborating with a great team of very strong and versatile people, together with whom I shall diligently work on another edition of this event that will become, on all levels, a fertile soil for current and future generations of creative artists and intellectuals, while always keeping in mind the debt of gratitude we have towards the man who has created this Festival – Milko Kelemen.
See you in 2021 for our new adventure!
Margareta Ferek Petrić
Artistic director of the 2021 & 2023 MBZ